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10 April 2014

Private equity proves positive influence for South African companiesp

The majority of South African companies that have received private equity backing say that private equity has helped grow their business, according to a research report.

2 April 2014

LeapFrog, Kinnevik-backed Bima snags $22m

insurance contract form Africa and Asia-focused insurance group Bima has raised a $22m round to fund its plans to expand into new markets including Paraguay, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

1 April 2014

The Africa Group acquires 25% stake in Telemed Medical Services

africa-tanzania_sq Venture capital firm The Africa Group (TAG) has bought a 25 per cent stake in Ethiopian engineering consultancy Telemed Medical Services.

1 April 2014

Emerging Capital Partners launches $750m fund

africa Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners is reportedly targeting $750m for its fourth pan-African fund.

1 April 2014

Actis sells down stake in listed Eqyptian bank CIB

news_egypt_protester_sml UK emerging markets private equity firm Actis has sold down its stake in Egyptian banking group Commercial International Bank (CIB) to 6.5 per cent.

1 April 2014

Africa reverses dealmaking slump, fundraising confidence also growsp

africa-grow-green-shoot Private equity funds invested more than three-times as much in sub-Saharan Africa last year compared to 2012 as the continent reversed a dealmaking slump, new research shows.

12 March 2014

Duet Group invests $50m in two Ghana-based companies

africa-tanzania_sq UK investment firm Duet Group has agreed to acquire controlling stakes in Ghana-based companies Shop N Save and GNFoods for $50m.

26 February 2014

Catalyst Principal Partners makes majority investment in Tanzania’s EFFCO

africa woman women_sq Kenya-based private equity firm Catalyst Principal Partners has bought a majority stake in Tanzanian heavy equipment rental and logistics business EFFCO.

24 February 2014

South Africa’s Budget needs to drive foreign capital inflows, says private equity bodyp

South Africa’s National Budget is an opportunity for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to optimise the country’s tax and spending policies in a way that stimulates investment and foreign capital inflows, and sparks economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation, according to the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

19 February 2014

Emerging markets disappoint LPs as capital proves slow to returnp

LPs have expressed a certain level of disappointment with their emerging market fund portfolios, particularly with regards to the pace of realisation.

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